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Seabirds Eat Plastic, Fulmars Feed Only At Sea

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August 7, 2012, PlasticBagBanReport.com – A recent study of the seabird, Northern Fulmars, indicated an increase of plastic ingestion by these birds over the past forty years. The study was lead by Stephanie Avery-Gomm, a zoology graduate student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

In the study, researchers collected dead northern fulmars from several eastern North Pacific beaches of Canada and USA. They then studied the stomach contents of these birds. The stomach contents of 67 fulmars were quantified. The research revealed that 92.5% of the birds had ingested an average of 36.8 pieces, or .385 grams, of plastic.

What happens to a bird with that much plastic in their stomach? They die. Usually from starvation. The following video explains the process very well.

From “ANY WASTE ANY TIME” of the Port of Rotterdam. Video produced by BoksDocs. With kind permission of Dr Van Franeker and IMARES – Netherlands

Cover photo: Northern Fulmar. This photo was taken by Andreas Trepte. Credit: Andreas Trepte, www.photo-natur.de.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.